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Poster: writerpatrick Date: May 5, 2010 8:08am
Forum: 78rpm Subject: Re: Wait a minute, Song Arrangements can be Copyrighted?

Song arrangements can be copyrighted, even if the individual song itself isn't. For instance, someone could take the song "Danny Boy" and make up a new original arrangement. For someone to record that particular arrangement they need to get copyright permission. However, they could still perform their own version of the song without having to pay copyright.

You'll usually find this tends to apply with books of music, especially for classical or folk music. Song arrangements are also copyrighted on new songs but most of the time they tend to be treated under the same copyright.

Another thing you'll see, usually again in printed music, are copyrights on the actual printing of the material. So while they may be using PD material you can't just photocopy it. (Although I highly doubt they'd bother you if you did.)

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Poster: MairiX Date: May 17, 2011 1:17am
Forum: 78rpm Subject: Re: Wait a minute, Song Arrangements can be Copyrighted?

So this is why I assume so many people do covers of songs? because potentially they are more lucrative? I dunno if I properly understood that.

This post was modified by MairiX on 2011-05-17 08:14:42

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